Missing couple found dead in wreck

Cellphone signals led searchers to them
May. 29, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

A Granite Falls couple reported missing Tuesday were found dead Wednesday in their pickup, which had run off U.S. 64 south of Morganton and crashed upside-down in a ravine.

Creed William Goble, 76, and Margie Carter Goble, 73, of 3817 Hickory Blvd. and their Dodge Ram pickup were found by Maj. Jason Black of Burke County EMS, who was searching an area where the couple's cellphone company said their phone was, Black said.

"We got a call in Emergency Services through the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office that an elderly couple had been missing, and who had traveled through this area, based on the cellphone pings," Black said.

Black soon discovered the truck on its roof around 11 a.m. on the side of a steep ravine off U.S. 64 about 200 yards south of Propst Road. Black investigated a fatal wreck two years ago at the same spot where the Gobles' truck was found.

The Gobles apparently were traveling south on the highway when their truck ran off the right side of the road, flying about 70 feet into the ravine and clipping several trees before crashing, Sgt. C.R. Jones of the N.C. Highway Patrol said. It was not immediately clear why the truck wrecked.

"It could have happened any time between the time they were reported missing and today," Jones said Wednesday. "We are still interviewing witnesses."

Granite Falls police took a missing persons report on the couple just before 7 p.m. Tuesday after their son, Michael Goble of Hudson, said he had not heard from his parents since Monday and they had not showed up Tuesday morning, as they usually did, to take two children to school, Lt. Chris Jenkins of the Granite Falls Police Department said.

"The concern level really started to rise at that point," he said.

The case was passed to the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office early Wednesday when it was determined the couple's address was outside the Granite Falls city limits, Jenkins said. The sheriff's office later Wednesday morning issued a Silver Alert, designed to quickly disseminate information about missing seniors.